Emergency Planning

Countries have made preparations for responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies, but too little has been done to prepare for the lifting of those emergencies, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It has now released a guide providing advice on the transition to a normal state following an emergency. Released last week, the publication – Safety Guide on Arrangements for the Termination of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency – discusses arrangements to be made at the preparedness stage, as part of overall emergency preparedness. It offers guidance and recommendations for “the termination of a nuclear or radiological emergency and the subsequent transition from the emergency exposure situation to either a planned exposure situation or an existing exposure situation”.

World Nuclear News 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018


Russia Hacks Into U.S. Power Plants, But Nuclear Reactors Should Be Impervious. he Internet. They cannot be hacked. According to an alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team yesterday, Russia has hacked into many of our government entities and domestic companies in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors – essentially most of what makes our country go.

Forbes 16th March 2018 read more »

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation officially confirmed that Russian hackers have been targeting US nuclear power plants and other critical facilities since at least 2016. Regardless, the US nuclear industry has been pressuring the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to relax its cyber security standards. Below is a statement by Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The Department of Homeland Security alert is a stark reminder that nuclear power plants are tempting targets for cyber attackers. Although the systems that control the most critical safety equipment at US nuclear plants are analog-based and largely immune to cyber attacks, many other plant systems with important safety and security functions are digital and could be compromised. For instance, electronic locks, alarms, closed-circuit television cameras, and communications equipment essential for plant security could be disabled or reprogrammed. And some plants have equipment, such as cranes that move highly radioactive spent fuel, that utilize computer-based control systems that could be manipulated to cause an accident.

Union of Concerned Scientists 16th March 2018 read more »

For the first time, the Trump administration formally blamed Russia for a multi-pronged cyber attack campaign against critical infrastructure, nuclear power facilities and the U.S. energy grid.

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A science advocacy group urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday to reject a longstanding industry request to limit cyber attack protections at nuclear plants, a day after the Trump administration publicly blamed Moscow for hacking into nuclear power and other energy infrastructure. The Nuclear Energy Institute industry group petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in June 2014 to limit the scope of the agency’s cyber-protection safeguards to only systems with a direct impact on safety. The institute said in the petition that such limits would be “less burdensome” for operators of nuclear power plants while being “adequately protective” of public health and safety. The petition is “foolhardy at best and, at worse, downright dangerous,” said Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit science advisory group.

Reuters 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018


Science will be centre stage at Heysham power stations’ Visitor Centre, as the sites and Lancaster University link up to encourage youngsters to become the nation’s future scientists and engineers. The event on Saturday March 17 (10am – 2pm), will be held at the sites’ Visitor Centre, and will see the university stage a number of hands-on experiments and workshops. Last year more than 300 people tried hands on experiments and activities such as pinball physics, melting ice, and 3D printing.

Lancaster Guardian 13th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 15 March 2018


Low level radiation and health seminar: 23rd and 24th June. Carmel Mothersill and Tim Mousseau.

CORE 12th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 13 March 2018

Barbara Judge

Lady Barbara Judge: The rise and fall of the pioneering first female IoD chair. The businesswoman, once hailed as ‘Japan’s nuclear saviour’, was officially suspended on Friday pending further investigation. After several days of vicious reports and closed-door meetings, one of the UK’s most prestigious business groups issued a statement on Friday morning confirming that its first ever female chair, Lady Barbara Judge, had been suspended. The drama that resulted in the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) announcement kicked off earlier in the week, when several news outlets reported that the 71-year old New York-raised businesswoman was being investigated over accusations that she had made racist and sexist slurs and bullied colleagues. The IoD, which likes to present itself as a bastion of best practice in corporate governance, later confirmed that it had commissioned a full investigation into the matter, conducted by law firm Hill Dickinson.

Independent 9th March 2018 read more »

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Posted: 10 March 2018


EDF has just published its yearly safety report on its nuclear fleet. This includes the UK nuclear fleet.

EDF (accessed) 7th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 9 March 2018


SEAWEED forced the shutdown of a reactor at East Lothian’s nuclear power station. EDF Energy, which manages Torness Power Station, near Dunbar, took the reactor offline last Thursday. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed it had since gone back online.

East Lothian Courier 6th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 8 March 2018

Smiling Sun

The Smiling Sun is well known across the world as the face of the anti-nuclear power movement. Worn as badges, stuck on lampposts or held aloft as flags its gleeful grin has become synonymous with the fight for a world powered by renewable energy. Despite its widespread popularity, the logo’s designer has remained largely aloof. It’s Nice That managed to track down The Smiling Sun’s creator, Anne Lund – now a university lecturer – to find out more about how it came to be and how she feels looking back on it, four decades later.

It’s Nice That 8th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 8 March 2018

Evacuation Plans

Dr Ian Fairlie: If another severe nuclear accident, such as Windscale (in 1957), Chernobyl (1986) or Fukushima (2011) were to occur, then the most important response, in terms of preventing future cancer epidemics, is evacuation. The other main responses are shelter and stable iodine prophylaxis. Adverse health effects would primarily depend on wind direction and on the nature of the accident. This article looks primarily at the Fukushima evacuation and its after-effects.

Beyond Nuclear International 4th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 7 March 2018


It started with wolves. The packs around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, which exploded on April 26, 1986, were thriving, said reports. Benefitting from the absence of human predators, and seemingly unaffected by the high radiation levels that still persist in the area, the wolves, they claimed, were doing better than ever. Appearances, however, can be deceptive. Abundant does not necessarily mean healthy. And that is exactly what evolutionary biologist, Dr. Timothy Mousseau and his team began to find out as, over the years, they traveled to and researched in and around the Chernobyl disaster site in the Ukraine. Then, when a similar nuclear disaster hit in Japan — with the triple explosions and meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011 — Mousseau’s team added that region to its research itinerary. Mousseau has now spent more than 17 years looking at the effects on wildlife and the ecosystem of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He and his colleagues have also spent the last half dozen years studying how non-human biota is faring in the wake of Fukushima. Ninety articles later, they are able to conclude definitively that animals and plants around Chernobyl and Fukushima are very far indeed from flourishing.

Beyond Nuclear International 4th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 7 March 2018